Port Askaig 100° Proof 57.1%, 700ml
Awarded 96.5 points, and runner-up in Best Single Malt Scotch (No Age Statement) in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2017.
"what perfect oak must have been deployed here. No off notes or buzz. Just the insistent and steadying hand of vanilla / butterscotch to add a gentle counter to the spice and smoke. ; just exemplary, high quality Islay; a must experience malt. If you find a more beautifully paced, weighted and elegant Islay this year, I'd really like to hear about it."
A harmonious marriage of casks, young and old, creating the perfect balance of sweet fruit and dark smoke, typical of the finest Islay whiskies.
As there is no distillery called Port Askaig, this dram has been named after the ancient ferry port and fishing harbour situated on the East coast of Islay, overlooking the stunningly beautiful Sound of Islay.
Throughout time, Islay-life has posed its challenges a landscape exposed to the elements, clan-rule of the land and the remoteness of the island itself, have shaped an inner-strength and character in its people, a character reflected in the island's spirit.
The pale straw colour with a distinct peaty nose is complemented by floral notes,
Sweet peat and smoky bacon on the palate, with a characteristic earthy peat and distinctive coastal elements.
Finishing with a long, powerful smoky finish, typical of single